Ten per cent of body heat is lost through your head in the winter, which can make a big difference on a cold day. If you want to beat the winter chill in style, a trapper hat is the way to go. Trapper hats are distinguished by the two large flaps that hang down over the ears and occasionally tie under the chin. They are usually made of fur or sheepskin with the leather side facing out, except for an exposed patch of fur above the forehead. Fur is an excellent insulator, but flannel or wool is a suitable vegetarian alternative.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Nylon thread
- Thin sewing needle
- Approximately 90 cm by 60 cm (3 foot by 2 foot) fur or sheepskin pelt
Use a string or measuring tape to measure around the circumference of your head just above the ears. This will be the length of your hatband.
Measure the distance across your forehead, starting at your left temple and continuing horizontally across your forehead to the left temple. Subtract this measurement from your hatband measurement, and draw horizontal line of this length across the back of the material you're using for the hat.
Measure the distance from the top of your ear to the bottom of your chin. This will be the approximate distance of your ear flap, but it can be longer or shorter depending on your taste. From the outer edges of the line you drew in Step 2, draw two vertical lines of this length.
Starting at the bottom points of the vertical lines you have just drawn, draw two 10 cm (4 inch) horizontal lines. These should be drawn so that they come towards each other, and are directly beneath and parallel to the line you drew in Step 2.
From the end points of the line you have just drawn, draw two vertical lines up towards the hatband line, stopping four inches below the hatband line. Draw a horizontal line to connect these two points. The result should be a table-like shape, a long horizontal rectangle and two smaller vertical rectangles coming down from it like legs. This will be the back and ear flaps of your hat.
Measure the diameter of your head by placing the measuring tape over the top of your head, starting at the back and ending at your forehead. Trace a rectangle of this length on the back of your material, measuring four inches across. This is the top of your hat.
Subtract 10 cm (4 inches) from your hatband measurement and divide it by two. Using your compass, trace a circle on the back of the material with this radius and draw a line through the centre of the circle. These are the sides of your hat.
Divide the diameter of your head by three and draw a rectangle of this length, with a width to match your forehead measurement. This will be the front of your hat.
Cut out the pieces you have drawn and pin them together. Try the hat on to see if it fits. Next, sew the pieces together using a blanket stitch. Sew the side portions of the hat from step seven to the back and ear flaps portion, which you drew in Step 5.
Turn the hat inside out and sew on the top portion so that it runs from the front end of the hat to the back. Turn the hat right side out and sew the sides of the hat in place where they overlap with the top portion of the hat. Finally, attach the front portion of the hat so that it covers the hatband, with the fur side facing out.
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